For the first time ever, Netflix tracked more U.S. subscribers than HBO, according to figures for the year's first quarter. Worldwide, however, "HBO has 114 million subscribers across the
globe, a far cry from the 7.14 million Netflix has outside the U.S.," writes Andrew Wallenstein. Still, "the new figures will likely escalate the rivalry simmering between the two companies, given the
barbs Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Jeff Bewkes, chairman of HBO parent company Time Warner, have traded over the years."
In other news from Netflix, "it plans to let its deal to carry Nickelodeon, BET and MTV content expire next month, even though it continues to discuss licensing certain shows," writes Dawn Chmielewski in the L.A.Times. "The video subscription service said it has been moving away from broad, multi-year deals with networks and cable channels, in favor of more selective licensing arrangements to carry programs that will work best for its subscribers."